Parrot Mambo Drone Review: An Entry-Level FPV Option You’ll Love

Drone flying is all the rage today. You can hardly go to a national park or on a highly regarded nature walk without hearing one of these buzzing remote control aerial crafts hovering overhead. Drones are great ways to capture footage that no human being would otherwise see, and sports like competitive drone flying are taking off in major ways. It is no wonder so many people are asking about what the best beginner drone on the market is. That is why we put together this Parrot Mambo Drone review: to help those who would like to break into this exciting market.

The reason we chose the model in question for our Parrot Mambo Drone review is that first person viewing drones or FPV drones are quickly becoming the trend on the market. Flying a drone is already a thrill, but it takes it to the next level when you strap your head into a pair of VR goggles and see through your eyes what your drone’s camera sees. This makes both aerial observation and drone racing more thrilling events.

The Parrot Mambo Drone Review Process

We went into our Parrot Mambo Drone review with an open mind. Although the Parrot Mambo Drone tends to dominate the discussion on first-person view drones, it is not the only option. To conduct a thorough Parrot Mambo Drone review, we pitted the Parrot Mambo against three worthy competitors.

We evaluated each of these competitors in terms of their price point, how long they take to assemble, how easy they are to use, the overall quality of their design and features, and what sort of warranty the drone comes with. We then scored all four of these drones according to our Parrot Mambo Drone review criteria.

In the end, we picked a winner based on who gained the most points according to our Parrot Mambo Drone review rubric. 

What is the Parrot Mambo FPV?

The Parrot Mambo FPV is a quadcopter drone equipped with a video camera and a feed that broadcasts right into the user’s Parrot Cockpit goggles, which are a type of VR helmet.

You direct this drone with its Parrot Control Pad, which resembles an Xbox controller so closely many people think it is a video game device when they first see it.

The Parrot Mambo is tiny. It fits in the palm of your hand. That makes it nimble and highly transportable. We had a blast racing it around corners and through obstacle courses throughout our Parrot Mambo Drone review process.

If using a video game controller is less than intuitive for you, do not fear. You can easily hook the Parrot Mambo FPV up to your smartphone or tablet and control it from there.

As we conducted our Parrot Mambo Drone review, we found that we did prefer the controller to the iPad controls, but it will ultimately boil down to personal preference.

Very little can prepare you for the thrilling rush you feel being “jacked in” to the cockpit of your Parrot Mambo FPV. Your heart will actually flutter when you fly over precipices. You will find yourself ducking your head when you buzz a corner or ceiling. It really is that immersive.

If you have the opportunity, we highly recommend you conduct your own sort of Parrot Mambo Drone review whereby you at least slip on the headset and fly a Parrot Mambo in first person. Words can only go so far in communicating the thrill of first-person drone flying.

All that, and this drone is arguably the cutest item that made our Parrot Mambo Drone review. The Parrot Mambo FPV somewhat resembles a cross between the expressive, higher end robots in Wall-E and a sophisticated piece of military technology. It even has cute LED “eyes” to peer out from.

Product Specs

Like many of the items in our Parrot Mambo Drone review, this item is quite small. It measures only 5.2 x 5.2 x 1.6 inches, and it weighs only about two and a quarter ounces. That means it weighs just about the same as seven french fries or two cocktail-sized cubes of cheese.

The longest we could keep the drone flying in our Parrot Mambo Drone review process was ten minutes. It is powered by 1 D battery, which is fortunately included in the pack.

The box that the Parrot Mambo Drone comes in weighs 2.15 pounds because it comes with the controller and the headset necessary for flying in first person.

One great feature that we used much more than we expected throughout our Parrot Mambo Drone review is the ability to stream live to Facebook or YouTube. You can spark a whole new following by broadcasting your thrilling flights.


The items in our Parrot Mambo Drone review tend to hover between the hundred to three hundred dollar range. The Parrot Mambo Drone itself can usually be bought in a “like new” condition for around a hundred and seventy dollars.

Many of its competitors ask up to fifty dollars less, but they tend not to provide the features you can count on with the Parrot Mambo Drone.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare:

  • Force1 Compatible GoPro Drone
  • Altair AA200 AHP
  • Cheerwing Syma

1. Parrot Mambo FPV

Parrot Mambo FPV - Complete Starter Pack for Drone Racing
  • Parrot Mambo is easy and safe to pilot Battery lasting up to 10 minutes
  • Includes Parrot cockpit glasses (FPV goggles) for an immersive flight experience
  • Includes Parrot fly pad for ultra-precise piloting
  • Play with your friends to turn the sky into a racing track
  • The free flight Mini app expands your options for playing and experiences

Ease of Use: 5 out of 5 Stars

Assembly Time: 4 out of 5 Stars

Design and Features: 5 out of 5 Stars

Warranty: 4 out of 5 Stars


  • Extremely lightweight and nimble
  • Provides thrilling, high-quality, first-person flight
  • Controller is intuitive
  • Can be used through smartphones and pads
  • Great aesthetics that blend cool and cute


  • Requires D batteries to run
  • Has a relatively short flight time of ten minutes

2. Force1 Compatible GoPro Drone

Force1 F100 RC Drone with GoPro Mount – F100 MJX Bugs 3 Go Pro Compatible Drones w/ Brushless Quadcopter Motors, 2 Batteries (Camera Not Included)
  • COMPLETE BUGS 3 DRONE KIT: Long range drone with GoPro mount fits GoPro Hero 3 or 4; includes brushless motors, propeller guards, high landing gear, and 2 rechargeable batteries
  • SMOOTH BRUSHLESS DRONE MOTORS: These Bugs 3 GoPro drones fly quieter, with more stability and less flight resistance; long range drones have a flight time of 15 minutes per battery
  • MORE MANUAL CONTROL: Drone with GoPro attachments lets you control your altitude, 360° stunts, and speeds manually; long distance drone operates in 2 speeds
  • MJX BUGS 3 DRONE SPECS: 2 batteries provide a long flying time of up to 30 minutes per outing; drone frame measures 9.6” x 9.6”; remote transmitter features a 1640-ft. signal distance
  • QUALITY ASSURED: Soar high and fly fast with your GoPro-ready drone; We’ll provide a full refund if you’re not completely satisfied with this elite brushless drone

We picked the Force1 Compatible GoPro Drone as a fitting challenger in our Parrot Mambo Drone review for a reason. Whereas the Parrot Mambo looks like a sentient, cutesy robot, the Force1 Compatible GoPro Drone looks like a cutting edge piece of stealth technology.

Not only is this quadcopter all black, it uses brushless blades. These greatly cut down on the sound that it produces while flying.

As far as its performance goes, the Force1 Compatible GoPro Drone flies wonderfully. Users can easily perform flips and tricks with this exciting drone.

It does not come with a camera, but its mount perfectly fits a GoPro Hero 3 or a GoPro Hero 4. If you already have this camera and like its quality, then the Force1 Compatible GoPro Drone can be a great option for you.

However, this drone does not provide a first-person viewing experience and therefore it falls short of the Parrot Mambo FPV in several regards.

Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 Stars

Assembly Time: 3 out of 5 Stars

Design and Features: 3 out of 5 Stars

Warranty: 4 out of 5 Stars


  • Excellent stealthy black aesthetics
  • Quiet flying thanks to its brushless design
  • Compatible with multiple types of GoPro


  • No built-in camera
  • No first person viewing
  • Can be difficult to find in stock

3. Altair AA200 AHP

Altair 818 Hornet Beginner Drone with Camera | Live Video Drone for Kids & Adults, 15 Min Flight Time, Altitude Hold, Personal Hobby Starter RC Quadcopter for All Ages (Yellow 818 Hornet)
  • 720p HD Camera for amazing aerial photos and videos
  • Easy to fly for all ages! Multiple Skill Settings Included
  • Flight Modes like Altitude Hole, One Button Takeoff and Landing, and Headless Mode
  • Smartphone Ready but Not Required!
  • Durably Built for Stable Flights!

“Altair” is an abbreviation of an Arabic phrase which translates as “the flying eagle.” After flying this drone for our Parrot Mambo Drone review, it is easy to see why the Altair AA200 AHP gained this name. This quadcopter looks great and flies even better.

Its autonomous hover feature makes the Altair AA200 AHP excellent for those who don’t want to have their fingers on the controls the whole time they are flying.

The drone will not fall out of the sky or drift while you have it hovering in place. Unlike the Force1 Compatible GoPro Drone, this drone comes with its own camera that shoots live video in 720p.

This is one of the cheapest and most readily available drones to make the shortlist of our Parrot Mambo Drone review.

Ease of Use: 5 out of 5 Stars

Assembly Time: 5 out of 5 Stars

Design and Features: 3 out of 5 Stars

Warranty: 4 out of 5 Stars


  • One of the cheaper options on this list
  • Shoots in high quality 720p
  • Comes with its own camera
  • Utilizes an easy autonomous hover system


  • Does not provide a first-person viewing experience

4. Cheerwing Syma

Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 WiFi FPV Drone 2.4Ghz 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter Drone with Camera, White
  • 【Upgrade 720P HD Camera】Compared with old version, this New X5SW-V3 2021 ver is ugraded with 720P HD Wifi Camera, to take better aerial photos and videos. With Real-time FPV transmission, you can enjoy the first person view fun through the smartphone APP.
  • 【More Easily and Stable】Upgraded with One Key Take off / Landing and Altitude Hold function, make the camera drone more easier access to kids, beginners, newbies without any skill. Just tap the One Key Start button to start to fly the drone, it will auto hover at a certain height, easier to control and more stable for aerial photography. Ideal toys drone for kids and adults.
  • 【APP Control and Trajectory Flight】Through the APP, you can control the drone without remote controller. And the built-in Gravity Sensor also allows you to fly your drone without touching your mobile screen. You also can draw your flight plan on the screen and the drone will fly accordingly. Free of remote control, more fun to fly!
  • 【3D Flips and 2 Speed Mode】Features with High/Low Speed Mode, suitable for pilots with different skill levels, make this drone easier to control for kids and beginners.Plus 3D Flips and 2.4Ghz Remote Control system, start a racing game with your kids and family!
  • 【Full Protection and Durable】High-quality ABS material and Protection Propeller Guards provides more protection to the drone, make it more tough and durable.

If you thought the Altair AA200 AHP was a steal, wait until you check out the Cheerwing Syma. Unlike the last two items we listed in this Parrot Mambo Drone review, the Cheerwing Syma embraces the friendlier white aesthetic rather than the stealth tech all-black look.

It is a quadcopter drone equipped with an advanced 6-axis flight control system. It does not come with a VR helmet, but it does come with FPV capability.

You will need to hook it up to your Wifi and your IOS or Android device, but then you will receive a continuous feed from the drone to your screen.


  • FPV capable
  • Can be controlled with a smartphone or its included RC controller
  • Comes with an advanced 6-axis flight control system
  • Cheapest entry in this Parrot Mambo Drone review


  • Not the best warranty
  • Does not come with FPV equipment


When it comes to harnessing a first-person viewing experience through a drone, there is only one option that will not break the bank. The Parrot Mambo FPV is both affordable and powerful.

Every other drone that can compete in its price range either leaves out the VR helmet or requires additional cameras to be purchased. The choice for superior first-person flying is clear.

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